I’m willing to bet that when Jesse Eisenberg was cast in George VanBuskirk’s Camp Hell (now on DVD from Lionsgate), he was beyond ecstatic. I’d even go as far as to say he called his parents and said, “Mom, Dad, guess what? I’m gonna be in another movie!”
But now he’s a big star, you know, the guy from Zombieland and The Social Network. And being a big star, it’s damaging to your reputation to be featured in a crappy direct-to-disc title. I understand it stings, especially now, but Jesse is the one who accepted money, signed a contract and agreed to take part in the indie production.
Yet, Eisenberg has decided to play the “douche card” and is suing both Lionsgate and Grindstone for featuring him on the cover even though he only cameos for about 5 minutes. So what? You can read all about the breaking news inside. Via THR:
“Jesse Eisenberg has filed a lawsuit against Lionsgate and Grindstone Entertainment for allegedly turning his less-than-five-minute cameo in the horror flick Camp Hell into an above-the-title star turn. The actor is using the Los Angeles Superior Court to make a point. According to the complaint, “Eisenberg is bringing this lawsuit in order to warn his fans and the public that, contrary to the manner in which Defendants are advertising the film, Eisenberg is not the star of and does not appear in a prominent role in Camp Hell.”
And oh yeah, he demands $3 million in damages, more than the budget of the film.
Eisenberg’s lawsuit starts out with a prologue worthy of the horror genre: “No good deed goes unpunished.”
According to the lawsuit, filed by Marty Singer, Eisenberg agreed to perform for one day at minimal compensation (about $3,000) as a favor to friends, who were producing and directing the low budget film.
That happened in 2007, before Eisenberg garnered an Academy Award nomination for his role in The Social Network as Mark Zuckerberg, a guy who builds a website that redefines publicity and privacy before getting sued by his best friend and some Winklevii.
Eisenberg’s own friends allegedly couldn’t resist the temptation of using the actor’s newfound fame to advertise Camp Hell.”
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